Monday, January 28, 2013
Low-flying helicopters are set to patrol Tampa Electric’s transmission poles and towers. Here’s when to look for them.
Greater Brandon and Hillsborough County residents need not worry about low-flying helicopters they are likely to see over the next 30 days hovering around Tampa Electric transmission poles and towers. According to TECO officials, it's all part of the company's ongoing inspection of transmission equipment. Work is set to begin 8 a.m. today, Monday, Jan. 28, and continue for about 30 days during daylight hours. Crews reportedly will survey about 5,200 transmission structures, representing approximately 23 percent of the transmission system. Haverfield Aviation, out of Gettysburg, Pa., will conduct the inspections. ______________ TECO Inspection Schedule ______________ TECO Inspection Notes
Monday, September 3, 2012
Lower electric bills might be coming for customers of the Tampa Electric Company, according to an Aug. 31 filing with the Florida Public Service Commission. The PSC is scheduled to vote on TECO's request Nov. 5.
Monday, September 3, 2012
News Report Thanks to lowers costs for natural gas — the fifth consecutive reduction in fuel costs over the past four years — Greater Brandon residents might see lower bills from Tampa Electric beginning in January. TECO officials on Aug. 31 filed projected costs for fuel and other clauses with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). If the PSC approves the request as filed, a residential customer’s monthly bill would drop $4.32 to $102.58 for 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), a 4 percent drop from the current $106.90 a month. Commercial customers would see bills drop by nearly 5 percent; industrial customers would remain flat. The PSC is expected to vote on the issue after a hearing scheduled to begin Nov. 5. “In these challenging economic…
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The radical environmental advocacy group Earth First! demonstrated Aug. 30 at the roadway to TECO at the Big Bend Station in protest of TECO's use of coal and its sponsorship of the 2012 Republican National Convention.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office was able to defuse a demonstration in front of Tampa Electric Co.'s Big Bend Station off U.S. 41 in Gibsonton after 150 protesters gathered around 2:30 p.m. Aug. 30. According to the sheriff's report, three protestors interlocked their arms and legs using a device known as "the sleeping dragon" and blocked the roadway to TECO. Meanwhile, two more protestors laid across the road, blocking the roadway interlocked in the sleeping dragon device and another protestor climbed on top of a semi trailer. Law enforcement personnel arrived for crowd management and specially trained deputies cut the interlocking devices from the protestors. There were no injuries to any protestors involved. Afterward, law …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Thousands of customers were without power.
Power was restored on Tuesday night to all Tampa Electric customers who were affected by Tropical Storm Debby, officials said today. About 20,000 customers had lost power since Debby hit Tampa Bay on Sunday, said Cherie Jacobs, a spokeswoman for Tampa Electric. Jacobs said customers without power were patient during the storm, the severity of which caused roadblocks for crews trying to restore power. "One of the challenges our crew had with Debby was the volume of small, scattered outages," Jacobs said. "When there's scattered outages like this storm, it's a challenge for our crews because it's more time-consuming. Some areas are difficult to access because of standing water." About 350 Tampa Electric employees and contractors worked to …
Monday, June 25, 2012
The public utility warns customers they could still see more outages as Tropical Storm Debby lingers in Tampa Bay.
About 4,000 TECO customers were without power Monday morning in the wake of heavy rain and winds from Tropical Storm Debby. That's far less than the 20,000 between Tampa and Winter Haven who were in the dark during the intense storm Sunday evening, but TECO spokesperson Cherie Jacobs cautioned customers they could still see more outages. "With a storm system hanging over us today, we will likely see additional outages pop up today, and possibly over the next few days," Jacobs said in an email to Patch. A look at the energy company's real-time outage map at 9:45 a.m. Monday showed 3,987 reported outages, with lots of dots around the Tampa Bay area signifying small and medium outages. Most were estimated to be repaired by 1:30 p.m. at the …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The 28th Annual Arts Gala of Center Place at the T. Pepin Hospitality Centre features performances by "American Idol" contestant Jeremy Rosado. Awarded were the Patricia B. Odiorne Scholarship and the S.L. "Spud" Clements and First Annual C.A.R.E. awards.
It was a casual, dress-down-in-jeans, fundraising affair for the Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association at the T. Pepin Hospitality Centre in Tampa on April 28. Some 250 people convened to bear tribute to a center that for decades in Brandon has offered arts programs for adults and childen as well as a place to meet for civic, cultural, charitable and family affairs. This year's gala, as in year's past, is an opportunity as well to present annual awards, including the Patricia B. Odiorne Scholarship winner and the S.L. "Spud" Clements Award recipient. This year's honoreers were Casey Field, a student from Bloomingdale High School and a student at Kim Hall's School of Dance, and Bill and Connie Durkin, respectively. New this year was …